quick roundup

…in case you were wondering where I’ve been…

Thursday was the Phoenix Orchestra concert (that’s the London Phoenix Orchestra — I didn’t hop over to Arizona!) — brilliant and lots of fun.  The singers were super too — Mary Nelson lovely and full of character (and a sweet voice) (and a nice simple red dress), Amos Christie a smouldering tenor who gave the most heartbreaking rendition of Lensky’s aria from Eugene Onegin.  And the bassoons had a good blast in the ‘Dragons d’Alcala’ interlude from Carmen…

Friday was (two hours in a traffic jam, then) rehearsal of the Phoenix Wind Quintet (no relation) prior to our gig in Bradford in a couple of weeks — ‘light’ music for a party.  Going well…

Saturday was (more traffic and one-ways and queuing for car parks and) a concert in Kingston (that’s Surrey, not Jamaica)…  Blowing the contra in Gershwin and Liadov and 3rd bassoon in a piece by Jonathan Dove… then sitting out the second half which was Tchaikovsky 4th Symph — never quite realised what a MAD piece that is.  Terrific.  Conductor of Kingston Philharmonia was our very own Lev Parikian (who does a different orchestra every night of the week, it seems… How does he get around them all?  He has a folding bike)… Thank you to Mark and his wife for very nice company and meal before the show…

Sunday was back to the day job! Wagner’s Siegfried (cueing titles… six hours…).  One of the screens conked out shortly before the show — no chance of getting hold of Henry the engineer on a Sunday — quite proud of my Heath Robinson bypass wiring job…  Everyone a bit all over the place (‘very second-night-ish’, someone commented) — singers who NEVER make mistakes were doing random weird things!  Lisa Gasteen off sick (get well soon)… Brunnhilde bravely taken on by understudy Irene Theorin, careful at first but radiant.  Well done that girl…

(Oops, broken my rule about ‘insider’ revews…)

Monday (yesterday) — with Judi (Da Boss) to Roehampton University for a talk on Surtitling to a small but attentive group of students…  Went down very well, and lovely to see and catch up with our colleagues Lucile and Jorge (and Jacqueline) — many thanks too for the Pizza Express afterwards!…  Thanks, Judi, for your company and support…

And tonight is Quintet again… and so it goes…

Plus a whole pile of programme notes waiting to be written… and starting on arranging Christmas Carols for wind ensemble… and catching up with my lovely e-friends (hi guys)…

Oh, and even spending some time in the office (it’s called ‘work’, or so I dimly recall from our pre-Wagner days)…

This too will pass… 

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